Daniele Gatti
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Italian conductor Daniele Gatti (56), Music Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, has apologized to women he might have offended. In The Washington Post, Gatti had been accused by two singers of sexual harassment. Gatti denies the accusations and has issued a statement. « To all the women I have met in my entire life, especially those who believe I did not treat them with the utmost respect and dignity they certainly deserve, I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. Today and moving forward, I plan to focus much more on my behaviours and actions with all women. This includes women both young and old, to be sure no woman ever feels uncomfortable ever again, especially women that I work with in my profession in classical music. I am truly sorry. »

In the same article of the Washington Post, Concertmaster William Preucil of the Cleveland Orchestra had been accused of sexual harassment. The Orchestra has suspended him until further notice.

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